Here, A stands for agrodolce and Z represents zeitgeist. Members of The Calcutta Gastronomes, the newly-launched “gourmet club”, are full of beans, all set to have a peach of a time. Yup, expect munch-and-bite-related figures of speech to rule the proceedings of this unique club. And foodies got quite a feel of it at the launch.
Hosted in association with The Palladian Lounge, The Calcutta Gastronomes and Calcutta Wine Club, Tuesday evening saw a variety of street food being paired with interesting cocktails, all put together by Shaun Kenworthy, president of the group and a food consultant to The Palladian Lounge. “For two years we’ve been talking about a gourmet club in Calcutta. Everybody in Calcutta loves food. I don’t want it to be pretentious food and only wine pairings. We thought of having fun. So, street food and some typical punches, which people may have drunk a century ago in Calcutta. The street food of Calcutta is the best in the country! I’d like to do all sorts of things, like go to the Tiretti Bazaar for breakfast,” he smiled. Besides Ghugni, Jhalmuri, et al, there was Vodka Phuchka and Chana with Beer!
Star commentator Ravi Shastri turned up on match-eve. “I love everything you have here! Sab! I came here (Calcutta) first to play in 1978-79 and ate everything!” smiled the tall and still handsome all-rounder.
(From left) Shaun Kenworthy, Subhasis Ganguli (founder-president, Calcutta Wine Club), Nina Saxer and Pinky took a sip from the Rose Cup. White wine, vodka, a little rose syrup, lemon juice, Limca and pomegranate seeds was Shaun’s recipe for the cooler. Red Wine Cooler (rose syrup and fresh rose petals), White Wine Cooler (watermelon and chaat masala) and Sugarcane Sundowner were the other Shaun touches. “I would try a Kathi Roll with Kamikaze,” smiled Pinky. “I tried red wine with Ghugni, white wine with Phuchka and the Kathi Roll with rum-spiked sugarcane juice!” laughed Ganguli.
SAWASDEE! The Royal Thai consulate-general held a celebration party on Tuesday night to mark the 85th birth anniversary of King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and to observe Thai National Day at The Park.
“Our ties with India go back a thousand years through the Buddhist monks and trade. Even the first Thai consulate in India, which came up around 100 years ago, was actually in Calcutta. The Calcutta International Airport terminal is being constructed by a
Thai company and another Thai company is scheduled to invest in chicken farming in Bengal,” said Prasittidesh Vichitsorasatra, the Thai consul-general in Calcutta. He also revealed that for the first time, more than one million Indians visited Thailand this year.